Friday May 31, 2002

Mitchell Printing Planning $100,000 Expansion

Another Oswego business is getting larger. Mitchell Printing & Mailing, formally Mitchell Printing, at 127 East First Street, will soon be undergoing a $100,000 expansion project.
By Dola L. Deloff

    Another Oswego business is getting larger. Mitchell Printing & Mailing, formally Mitchell Printing, at 127 East First Street, will soon be undergoing a $100,000 expansion project.

    ?We will be making more room for digital printing and our direct mail service,? owner John Henry said. ?And gaining a professional office look.?

    Henry is in the process of purchasing the building adjacent to the current print shop to the north which last housed The Finishing Touch beauty salon that relocated recently. The print shop?s main entrance will be moved, and the entire space will be renovated.

    ?It?s our first major space expansion project since 1983,? Henry said.

    The business owner said he expects a 25 to 30% increase in sales once the construction is completed, now slated for July. ?Coming up with the plans is easy,? he said. ?All of the legal and financial matters take time.?

    Operation Oswego County and the Industrial Development Agency are assisting Henry in obtaining loans, and the transaction is entering the closing phase.

    Mitchell Printing was opened in 1930 by Henry?s grandfather Weir P. Mitchell. Since then it has been family owned and operated. ?Even though we do a great deal of business in Onondaga County and over the Internet,? Henry said, ?we are still a home-based business, and we?re very much a part of the Oswego community.?

    The business owner said he was very excited about what was going on in the community, particularly the road improvement project to begin soon on East First Street. ?It will revitalize the whole area,? he said.

    To contribute to the new look, the fa?ade of the redone Mitchell building will be the site of the Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce?s next mural as part of the city?s mural project. Located throughout the city, the murals depict various images of the city?s past.

    The mural on Henry?s business will be that of his grandfather, the founder of Mitchell printing, along with a vintage press. Dan Distler, a local, award winning artist, will be working with Oswego High School students to design and create the painting. Henry said he was hoping the project would be completed by the time the renovations are completed, some time in July. ?We?re hoping that everything will come together by Harborfest at the latest,? he said.

    Mitchell Printing & Mailing offers a variety of printing and mailing services: full-color and multi-color printing; graphic design; business printing; NCR forms; large color posters, folding; GBC binding, numbering; die-cutting; embossing, and raised lettering, to name but a few.

    What is becoming a significant part of Henry?s operation is the direct mail service, one of the factors which prompted the idea of expanding the business. Clients contract Mitchell Printing and Mailing to assemble correspondence for mailing. Because Henry?s business has been certified by the US Postal Service, he can offer bulk mailing at the lowest possible rate, a great savings to the customer, he said. ?Not very many print shops hold this certification,? he noted.?

    Special automated equipment will stuff and seal envelopes, and the contents can be printing by Mitchell Printing and Mailing or supplied all ready by the customer.

    John Henry is a recognized professional in his field. He has been elected as a member of the board of directors to complete a 2 and _ term vacancy of PrintImage International, the largest association of small business printers in North America.

    Mitchell Printing & Mailing will continue to be a driving force in the Oswego community as Henry plans on adding as many as two employees once the expansion is completed. The business can be reached on the Internet at www.mpny.com, where quotes can be requested and information about its services can be found, or at 343-3531.

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